The Dalmatian Diet

Take a bite out of health problems with a properly balanced diet.

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Treating skin problems with EFAs does not provide an instant solution. As with most natural approaches, it takes time for the skin to outwardly respond. The effects of fatty-acid supplementation will not become apparent for four to eight weeks and should be part of long-term nutritional support, says Dr. Hughes. I recommend supplementation for the dogs entire show career, and in some cases, for its entire life. EFAs may not entirely prevent episodes of the crud, but they allow the skin to function optimally under adverse circumstances.

Breeder Ellen Murray, owner of Gallopade Dalmatians in Eastham, Mass., enthusiastically endorses EFA supplements. Although I feed my dogs what I consider an optimum raw-food diet, I still supplement with EFAs containing fish oils. One has to consider the constant stress our dogs are exposed to. Chemicals, drugs, fumes, exposure to viruses and bacteriathese are just a few of the factors constantly straining our dogs immune system. Even dogs fed a raw-food diet need an extra boost.

The Dalmatian is fortunate to have devoted breeders and fanciers who work to understand and treat any problems commonly associated with their beloved dogs. These individuals consider it a small price to pay for the privilege of living with a dog as exceptional as the Dalmatian.

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

2/25/2012 6:17:16 AM

good article, thanks

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